Pitch Wars Interview with L. C. Holst and her mentors, Sarah Glenn Marsh and Shana Silver
Oct13

Pitch Wars Interview with L. C. Holst and her mentors, Sarah Glenn Marsh and Shana Silver

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have  . . .  L. C. Holst – Mentee Twitter | Website Sarah Glenn Marsh – Mentor Twitter | Website Shana Silver  – Mentor Twitter | Website L. C.: Why did you choose Sarah and Shana? When I was reading the mentor wishlists and taking notes on which mentors I’d like to query, I wrote “Definitely!” next to Sarah and Shana’s names for a couple reasons. The most obvious one is that they were looking for YA sci-fi. My MS checked off that box, but it also has other elements that they specifically mentioned: crew-centric space adventures, LGBTQ+ characters, romance, strong female characters, and anything reminiscent of Joss Whedon’s work (I was going for a Firefly-ish vibe!). Beyond the wishlist, Sarah and Shana are both second-year mentors who are total pros and so knowledgeable about craft and the industry. I felt sure that they’d be able to provide stellar feedback and help me get my novel where it needs to be. Plus, they both listed “nerdery” among their interests, so that instantly gives us about a billion things to bond over. Sarah and Shana: Why did you choose L. C.? Sarah: Well, it’s no secret that a space adventure is the type of book most likely to steal my heart–the catch is, it has to be a really good space adventure. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when STEALING THE STARS came along, offering a ship with an all-female crew, a heist, and Whedon-esque characters and badassery. This story is full of diversity and heart, and I knew Shana and I could help shine it up to make it irresistible to agents. And then, of course, there’s L.C. herself–a super-smart gal who is already such a talented writer; we asked her some questions before choosing her, and her positive attitude and willingness to work hard made this a perfect match to me. Shana: I was hooked from the very first chapter! Aria is such a great character, both hilarious and bad ass. I was rooting for her from the get go. And the plot is SO fun! Additionally, I’d previously written a contemporary heist novel myself so I thought my experience in writing about (very different!) heists could help L.C. make hers shine. Plus we had a very clear vision for revisions that we think could really take L.C.’s novel to the next...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Eileen Haas and her mentor, Carrie Callaghan
Oct13

Pitch Wars Interview with Eileen Haas and her mentor, Carrie Callaghan

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have  . . .  Eileen Haas – Mentee Twitter Carrie Callaghan – Mentor Twitter | Website Eileen: Why did you choose Carrie? I chose to submit to Carrie in part because she said she writes historical fiction, but mostly because everything she listed as general likes about books are things I also really like. I also like historical fiction that is at heart about the human experience, so I felt like we’d get along. So I started following Carrie on Twitter, and she seemed approachable, upbeat, and smart. Carrie: Why did you choose Eileen? Eileen’s story is about an Irish outcast and a Norse woman adrift in Ireland during the 9th century who get snagged in a young man’s murder and dynastic politics.  I’m a historical fiction geek with an Irish background, and I knew almost nothing about the Norse settlements in Ireland — certainly not that they held what is today Limerick, nor that they warred with Irish kings. So the premise captivated me. But what sealed my love for Eileen’s manuscript was her deft characterizations of Cathal, and Irish jurist, and Ragna, a smart and scheming Norsewoman, who are trying to find their place in a dangerous world. Beautiful and brilliant. Eileen: Summarize your book in three words. Viking Lawyer Mystery Carrie: Summarize Eileen’s book in three words. Ireland’s outcasts scheming. Eileen: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I studied poetry and psychology in college before embarking on a career in academia. I got the idea for this story while exploring hill-fort ruins in Ireland. I haven’t seen Ireland’s Viking Age in a lot of fiction, so my manuscript has a unique setting and, I hope, memorable characters. Carrie: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I speak Spanish fluently (though not flawlessly), can read French, and used to speak a good conversational formal Arabic. As a result of all these languages rattling and, in some cases, rotting in my head, I fantasize about being a translator of international fiction.  Some day. Check out some of Carrie Callaghan’s short stories . . . “Waves Breaking on Asturias: a Triptych,” Silk Road Review “Opened House,” Mulberry Fork Review “The Debts of Miguel Ascencio,” The MacGuffin “Departures,” Weave Magazine … and elsewhere. Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! And don’t forget to stop by...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Nicole Brake and her mentors, Jamie Pacton and M.K. England
Oct12

Pitch Wars Interview with Nicole Brake and her mentors, Jamie Pacton and M.K. England

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have  . . .  Nicole Brake – Mentee Twitter Jamie Pacton – Mentor Twitter | Website M.K. England – Mentor Twitter | Website Nicole: Why did you choose Jamie and M.K.? I had a feeling they’d be a great fit for me and A BOUNTY OF RUNAWAYS from their mini-interview before the wish lists were released. I could tell they had a keen eye for editing and were passionate about mentoring. I was crossing my fingers that my MS would be a match for their wish list– and it was! When I got their request for the full MS their enthusiasm for the story matched my own. I kept my fingers crossed for the next 3 weeks that I’d get the opportunity to work with them. Jamie and M.K.: Why did you choose Nicole? We love a good rollicking adventure with guns and swords, bawdy humor, and skin-of- the-teeth escapes—and even more so if they’re adventures had by badass ladies. We were drawn in by the voice and the hook of RUNAWAYS, and had immediate ideas for how to make it really shine. (And honestly, one of the characters’ names is Hellion. We knew it would be our kind of book.) Mentor: Summarize your mentee’s Emmy: Summarize your book in three words. Badass girls & adventure Jamie and M.K.: Summarize Nicole’s book in three words. Fierce female friendships Emmy: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I live in Wales with my fiancé (who fears my TBR pile may crush me in my sleep) and my 2-year- old son (whose energy levels I envy). I’m an insatiable reader and hoarder of more notebooks than I could ever hope to fill. I enjoy reading (and writing) character driven stories. My favourite authors include Victoria Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Ryan Graudin & Jandy Nelson. If I could live inside any book, it’d be Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Random fact: I used to drive a bright green double decker bus for a children’s charity. I got the idea for A BOUNTY OF RUNAWAYS in the basement of a secondhand book shop. It started with a vague image of three young women: a knight, a ninja and a cowgirl. Since then it has taken on a life of its own and morphed into a story about bounty hunting ladies pursuing the adventure of...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Chrystal Carver and her mentor, Allison Ziegler
Oct10

Pitch Wars Interview with Chrystal Carver and her mentor, Allison Ziegler

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have  . . .  Chrystal Carver – Mentee Twitter Allison Ziegler – Mentor Twitter   Chrystal: Why did you choose Allison? I knew the moment I finished reading Allison’s wish list that she and I would work well together (and laugh a lot together). I’m not sure if it was her Harry Potter gif, her love of poop jokes, or the elements of Sci-Fi, humor, and heart sprinkled throughout her post — but all of her personality pulled me in. And let’s not forget her Labrador retriever, Mojo. I do have a soft spot for sweet, lovable, dogs. Allison: Why did you choose Chrystal? Chrystal’s book stood out in my inbox for its easy humor and fabulous voice. Her book features a girl scientist who’s not afraid to get a little gross, and I love that so much. This book makes my inner biology major sing, and it’s full to bursting with the kind of wacky antics that make great middle grade so charming. I knew from the start that her story was in such good hands, and I’m just so happy to have a part in nudging it toward perfection. Chrystal: Summarize your book in three words. Persistent fledgling scientist Allison: Summarize Chrystal’s book in three words. Undead Coffee Shenanigans Chrystal: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a full time working mom who loves to bake and overuses the word bacillus. My husband and I have two middle grade readers and between the four of us we read more books in a week than most people do in a year. We love to laugh, take misguided adventures into the unknown, and come up with outrageous inventions that we will most likely never build. I have a 27 year-old pet turtle named Snappy that has lived more lives than a cat. He has an important role in my MS and may or may not be a zombie (my lips are sealed — sorry). If you take science, humor, heart, friendship, caffeine addicted zombies, racing turtles, and an accidental trend setting hairstyle and you put them all into a blender and press PULSE, you’d get my MS. Allison: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Fun Fact: I’m totally pumped to be mentoring such a talented, funny, hard-working author. Except you probably already...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Melanie Dixon and her mentor, Kate Foster
Oct10

Pitch Wars Interview with Melanie Dixon and her mentor, Kate Foster

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have  . . .  Melanie Dixon – Mentee Twitter Kate Foster – Mentor Twitter | Website   Melanie: Why did you choose Kate? I found out about Pitch Wars just two days before it was due to open to submissions. I love deadlines! I chose Kate by watching the recording of the video stream of mentors and I knew she was right for me as soon as I saw her. I wrote her name in my notebook and put a big red circle around it. I was excited about Kate being an editor as well as an author. There was something about Kate that just felt right, and already I’m sure I made the right choice. Kate: Why did you choose Melanie? The Witch Catcher caught my attention from the opening lines of the query. The concept was so fresh and unique. And on reading the opening pages, I was hooked by the sleek, addictive tone. Something so dark and tense was hiding beneath the words and I just couldn’t wait to find it. Melanie’s submission went straight in the YES folder, and stayed there until the end! Melanie: Summarize your book in three words. Witches, music, fear. Kate: Summarize Melanie’s book in three words. Twisted. Unique. Eerie. Melanie: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I am a writer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. I write middle grade novels as well as short stories and flash fiction for adults. I also teach creative writing to an amazing bunch of 10-12 year olds at the School for Young Writers. I love helping to nurture the next generation of writing talent. When I’m not writing you can find me hiking into a tramping hut with my kids, somewhere in the New Zealand wilderness. My manuscript, The Witch Catcher is a unique take on the concept of witches – these are dark clouds of malevolent energy, witches as you’ve never seen them before. My heroine Evie, age 13, has to overcome her own fears and doubts in order to realise her own destiny, to become the witch catcher. The Witch Catcher was short-listed for the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2015 and I’m looking forward to seeing it re-emerge at the end of pitch wars, better than ever. Kate: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Erm, I play flute and used...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Anna Brittain and her mentors Jennifer Hawkins and Kes Trester
Oct07

Pitch Wars Interview with Anna Brittain and her mentors Jennifer Hawkins and Kes Trester

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . . Anna Brittain – Mentee Twitter | Website Jennifer Hawkins – Mentor Twitter | Website Kes Trester – Mentor Twitter | Website Anna: Why did you choose Jen and Kes? I had three criteria for potential mentors: First, and most importantly, I was looking for mentors that were actively seeking female- driven contemporaries and stated that they were looking for LGBT stories — f/f in particular. All six of the mentors I subbed to ticked off at least two out of three of those, and a lot of them featured other items on their wish list that I felt my manuscript satisfied — an enemies-to- lovers arc was fairly common among the six I chose, as well as stories set in boarding schools and/or featured some kind of specific skill or hobby (FEMSLASH takes place in a private school that caters to STEM and the performing arts). The second thing I was looking for was an editorial style that complimented my process. The third was a certain, unnameable *thing* in our interactions on twitter — I wanted a friendship as well as a mentor, and my interactions with Jen and Kes in the weeks leading up to the sub window really made me feel like a friendship with them would be as easy as breathing. Jen & Kes: Why did you choose Anna? Anna’s manuscript, FEMSLASH, grabbed us immediately. The concept was fresh and unique, and her query was well-written. When we stalked checked out her social media, we noticed that she was kind and funny and supportive of other writers. So we requested—and then devoured her story in less than a day. We sent her some questions that bounced revision ideas around to get a feel for her style and vision, and her professional demeanor and willingness to work made it a no- brainer. Anna: Summarize your book in three words. Rivalry. Romance. Reconciliation. Jen & Kes: Summarize Anna’s book in three words. Enemies to Lovers. Anna: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Really, FEMSLASH is what happens when you ask yourself what book only *you* can write. As a teen, I didn’t understand how depressed I was. My anxiety began in early childhood, so it’s not like I had a baseline for what ‘normal’ (whatever that is) felt like! But, like Rhodes, my creative work suffered to the point that it...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Meghan Scott Molin and her mentor Kelly Siskind
Oct03

Pitch Wars Interview with Meghan Scott Molin and her mentor Kelly Siskind

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have Team Spandex . . . Meghan Scott Molin – Mentee Twitter Kelly Siskind – Mentor Twitter | Website Meghan: Why did you choose Kelly? Kelly’s personality just jumped off the page and smacked me in the face (in a good way)! My book is cross-genre, and I knew I’d need someone spunky, quirky, with a good sense of humor, and with a good sense of adventure! Kelly: Why did you choose Meghan? Meghan sucked me in from her first line. First page. First chapter. She sucked me into her wacky world and didn’t let go until the final period. In my wish list, I’d asked for a contemporary superhero romance à la Deadpool. Although Drag Net is its own beast, it combines comic books, mystery, quirky humor, and the world of superheroes in such a fresh way. I couldn’t pass it up! Meghan: Summarize your book in three words. Superheroes & Drag Queens. Kelly: Summarize Meghan‘s book in three words. Vigilantes. Geekdom. Kissing. Meghan: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m 32 and live in Colorado with my family and what equates to a small zoo. This book had me literally laughing out loud when I was writing it—anyone with a geeky heart will love it—and the romance is just swoony enough to be satisfying. I wanted to wrap the reader up in this world where a normal person without superpowers could become a superhero—with or without the Spandex. 😉 Kelly: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Well, you already know I like kissing books, gummy bears, and Chardonnay. I also enjoy writing kissing books, eating gummy bears, drinking Chardonnay, and I used to be a competitive downhill ski racer. Check out Kelly’s latest release . ....

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Pitch Wars Interview with Faith Hough and her mentor Joy McCullough
Oct03

Pitch Wars Interview with Faith Hough and her mentor Joy McCullough

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . . Faith Hough – Mentee Twitter | Website Joy McCullough – Mentor Twitter | Website Faith: Why did you choose Joy? I’d heard people talk about Pitch Wars before, but on the day I finally decided to click over to Brenda’s site, the first thing I saw was the links to mentors’ wish lists. Joy was the first MG mentor listed, so I clicked her name…and decided, “I NEED to enter this contest because I want this writer to help me with my book!” Even in that one post, it was clear that Joy and I had a lot in common and very similar tastes in books. My story is about a homeschooling family, and I’d been feeling nervous that no one would ever want to read about that very under-represented group of children. So when I saw that Joy was hoping to see books about homeschoolers, that settled it. As it turns out, we have much more in common than that, so working with her has been an incredible pleasure. Joy: Why did you choose Faith? I had lots of fantastic subs, but from the very first pages of Faith’s marvelous book, I was head over heels for the voice. I don’t want to overuse the Penderwicks comp, because Faith’s book stands on its own. But Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwicks books are some of my all time favorite books of any category, and their timeless feel and family-focused, relationship-driven stories are SO deceptively difficult to nail. Faith’s book nailed that feel while making it her own, and sustained it throughout a manuscript I couldn’t put down. (It was a bonus when I did a bit of stalking and found Faith and I have a lot in common!) Faith: Summarize your book in three words. Old-fashioned Newfangled Girls! Joy: Summarize Faith‘s book in three words. Voice, Heart, Sisters! Faith: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My manuscript and my life have a lot in common! Both are very centered around family, particularly the life of a large, homeschooling family. Like one of my story’s main characters, I love old-fashioned things, so I spend a lot of time knitting, gardening, baking bread, handwriting letters, and trying to live life artfully. I have four daughters and a baby boy, and I hope to raise them all to be creative and...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Julia Darcey and her mentors Katie Bucklein and Megan Lally
Oct03

Pitch Wars Interview with Julia Darcey and her mentors Katie Bucklein and Megan Lally

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . . Julia Darcey – Mentee Twitter Katie Bucklein – Mentor Twitter | Website Megan Lally – Mentor Twitter | Website Julia: Why did you choose Katie and Megan? Megan asked for “cannibal fantasy” in her wishlist and I was like THIS IS IT! But seriously, I was really impressed with Megan and Katie’s experience with PitchWars: they had three agented former mentees between them, and Megan is a freelance editor to boot. Everything on their wishlists spoke not just to my MS, but to so many things I LOVE in general: weirdness, darkness, freaky carnivals, touching male friendships. On top of that, they were encouraging and full of excitement (exclamation points!!!!), and I knew we’d be a good fit. Why did you choose Julia? Katie: From the first chapter, I knew we’d be in good hands with Julia’s manuscript. She has such a unique way with words—some of her descriptions are so beautiful that, as I read, I sent Megan messages that pretty much consisted of “brb sobbing from the beauty.” And FAMINELAND is jam-packed with action, intrigue, mystery, battles, darkness, hate-to-maaaybe-something-more…all of the things I love in books, wrapped up in a gorgeous story with some of the most unique characters I’ve encountered in YA. Plus, Julia’s personality just clicked with ours from the very first email—I knew from the get-go that we’d get along beautifully. Megan: From the very start, I was hooked on Julia’s concept. I mean, cannibals? Check. Romance? Check. Death and mayhem? BIG check. And then by the end of her first chapter I was totally obsessed. Julia is an incredibly talented writer, and has some descriptions—both of setting and of emotion—that’ll just break your heart, they’re so beautiful. And as a bonus, she’s also a total sweetheart. We really hit the jackpot with her. Julia: Summarize your book in three words. Cannibal war roadtrip. Summarize Meghan‘s book in three words. Katie: Explosions, heartbreak, cannibalism Megan: Hostile cannibal takeover Julia: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I love YA fantasy of all kinds! There’s something about young characters on adventures in strange worlds that speaks to the quest for purpose and belonging in us all. I’m continually looking for my place in the world; I love adventure, travel and the outdoors. I live in Africa and have been to every continent except Antarctica (I’m...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Laura Robson and her mentor Chelsea Bobulski
Sep29

Pitch Wars Interview with Laura Robson and her mentor Chelsea Bobulski

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . . Laura Robson – Mentee Twitter | Website Chelsea Bobulski – Mentor Twitter | Website Laura: Why did you choose Chelsea? I decided I wanted to sub to Chelsea as soon as I read the part of her bio where she started talking about her strengths (pacing, characters–basically all the stuff I think it most important in a manuscript and wanted to make sure really shined in mine). Once I got to the part about all her favorite books, I was beyond sold. ALL my favorites–Harry Potter (of course!), The Diviners, anything by Maggie Stiefvater… I also knew we’d be a good fit since we both love contemporary fantasy, and that’s what my manuscript is! Plus, I read her blog posts on not giving up on the road to publishing and I was beyond inspired. I really wanted a mentor with that kind of attitude and determination! Chelsea: Why did you choose Laura? I chose Laura because her submission, SALTWATER BLOOD, had everything I was looking for: a really cool, unique concept supported by effortlessly lyrical writing. It also helped that her voice reminds me so much of my favorite YA authors: Maggie Stiefvater and Victoria Schwab. Laura: Summarize your book in three words. Ghosts. Siblings. Murder? Chelsea: Summarize Laura‘s book in three words. Haunting. Mythological. Atmospheric. Laura: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a junior at Stanford, which means I’ll be juggling Pitch Wars edits with obsessively watching college football. I mean, um, classes. My bookshelf is perpetually overflowing. I will read anything, but my two favorite genres are low fantasy and funny, light-hearted contemporary romance. Those are also (not so coincidentally) my favorite things to write. The idea for SALTWATER BLOOD came in part from my friendship with my brother. We’re super close (no backstabbing and betrayal involved as of yet), but we are completely different people who don’t always have the same moral guidelines. SALTWATER BLOOD, at its core, is the story of a brother and sister. I wanted to write a story about two fundamentally good people, both justifiable in their actions, who find themselves on opposite sides of a fantastical conflict. It seemed only fitting that these characters be siblings. Chelsea: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I am also a huge fan of college football, to the...

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Pitch Wars Interview with April Wall and her mentor Kara Seal
Sep28

Pitch Wars Interview with April Wall and her mentor Kara Seal

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . . April Wall – Mentee Twitter | Website Kara Seal – Mentor Twitter | Website April: Why did you choose Kara? I chose Kara because so many of her wishlist items spoke to my manuscript. She loved speculative fiction, ghost stories, and spirited heroines. As she pointed out in her mentor bio, she’s a contest veteran and I knew she’d have the expertise to whip my novel into tip-top shape. Plus, her birthday is the day before Halloween and there’s no way I could go wrong sending her a story about a gang of ghost busting middle school girls! Kara: Why did you choose April? I chose April to mentor because her manuscript wowed me with its spot on MG voice and it was almost like April tailored it to my wishlist! I fell in love with the spooky MG Ghostbuster-esque premise. April: Summarize your book in three words. Ghostbusters meets Goonies. Kara: Summarize April‘s book in three words. Spooktacular friendship tale. April: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a MG writer who loves all things kooky and weird. Ghost stories have always held a special place in my heart as with most middle grade readers and I wanted to show a different take on it. One where instead of hiding under covers with eyes closed tight, ghosts were sought out bravely and breathlessly. I felt uniquely qualified to write this story as I also dabbled in hunting ghosts as a child, but I was nowhere near as brave as my MC. Kara: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. My day job is planning programs for teens at the library. My last big event was an author visit from Maggie Stiefvater. It was AWESOME! Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! And don’t forget to stop by the Agent Showcase starting November 3rd to see how our teams do in the final...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Susie Fisher and her mentor Jennifer Blackwood
Sep28

Pitch Wars Interview with Susie Fisher and her mentor Jennifer Blackwood

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . . Susie Fisher – Mentee Twitter Jennifer Blackwood – Mentor Twitter | Website Susie: Why did you choose Jennifer? Why did you choose (Mentor)? I was intrigued by Jen’s wish list. She was looking for something from the past with a fresh spin, something fun and edgy, and unique formats. I added her to my list before reaching out on Twitter. Also, her editing style matches mine. Honest feedback leads to a great revision. My manuscript is in good hands, and I like the idea of having someone in my corner for the long haul. Jennifer: Why did you choose Susie? Why did you choose (Mentee/MS)? I chose Staged because it hooked me right from the first page. I LOVED the Gossip Girl aspect of the blog, plus the main character is very relatable. I had a clear vision as I read it of what changes could be made to make the book query-ready. Susie: Summarize your book in three words. Country music scandal. Jennifer: Summarize Susie’s book in three words. Gossip Girl meets Nashville (sorry, I cheated and used 4 words but I couldn’t resist!)   Susie: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My husband and I reside in a suburb five minutes from Detroit. We have five rescue cats–all of my friends joke about me being the cat lady. After a trail of querying bumps and bruises, I wanted to write something closer to my heart. I wove my love for country music and gossip magazines with segments of my own life experience, and Staged was born. Check out Jennifer’s latest...

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